Bath/Head Office & Unquoted Equity Team:
London Office & Quoted Equity Team:

Investor Information

Principal Risks

Market price risk Market price risk arises mainly from uncertainty about future prices of financial instruments held.  It represents the potential loss the Fund might suffer through holding market positions in the face of price movements. This means the value of an investors’ holding may go down as well as up and an investor may not recover the amount invested. Investors should consider the degree of exposure of the Fund in the context of all their investments. The Fund’s investment portfolio is exposed to market price fluctuations, which are monitored by the ACD as per the policies as set out in the Prospectus. The investment guidelines and investment and borrowing powers set out in the Instrument of Incorporation, the Prospectus and in the Financial Conduct Authority’s Collective Investment Schemes Sourcebook describe the nature of the market risk to which the Fund will be exposed. Currency risk The Fund’s capital and revenue value of the Fund’s investments are denominated in sterling and therefore the financial statements are not subject to the risk of currency movements. Interest rate risk Interest rate risk, being the risk that the value of investments will fluctuate as a result of interest rate changes. The majority of the Fund’s assets comprise equity shares which neither pay interest nor have a maturity date. Interest receivable on bank deposits or payable on bank overdraft positions will be affected by fluctuations in interest rates. Credit risk Credit risk arises from two main sources. Firstly, the possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable to pay interest and principal in a timely manner. Secondly, there is counterparty risk, which is the risk that the counterparty will not deliver the investment for a purchase, or cash for a sale after the Fund has fulfilled its responsibilities, which could result in the Fund suffering a loss. The value of securities issued by such companies may fall as a result of the perceived increase in credit risk. Adhering to investment guidelines and avoiding excessive exposure to one particular issuer can limit credit risk. Liquidity risk There is little exposure to credit or cash flow risk. There are no net borrowings or unlisted securities and so little exposure to liquidity risk. Liquidity risk is the risk that a Fund cannot raise sufficient cash to meet its liabilities when due. One of the key factors influencing this will be the ability to sell investments at, or close to, the fair value without a significant loss being realised. Under normal circumstances, a Fund will remain close to fully invested. However, where circumstances require: either because a view of illiquid securities markets or high levels of redemptions in the Fund, the Fund may hold cash and/or more liquid assets. Temporary higher liquidity levels may also arise during the carrying out of a change in asset allocation policy, or following a large issue of shares. The ACD manages the Fund’s cash to ensure they can meet their liabilities. The ACD receives daily reports of subscriptions and redemptions enabling the ACD to raise cash from the Fund’s portfolio in order to meet redemption requests. In addition the ACD monitors market liquidity of all securities, seeking to ensure the Fund maintains sufficient liquidity to meet known and potential redemption activity. Fund cash balances are monitored daily by the ACD and the Investment Adviser. All of the Fund’s financial liabilities are payable on demand or in less than one year. Counterparty risk The risk that the counterparty will not deliver the investments for a purchase or the cash for a sale after the Fund has fulfilled its responsibilities which could result in the fund suffering a loss. The Investment Adviser minimises the risk by conducting trades through only the most reputable counter parties.